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Sheet Metal Design Tips And Techniques

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Sheet metal is popular building material because of its malleability, strength, and naturally aesthetic look. The material itself isn’t very flexible and malleable (much like the cardboard in origami), so with careful design it is quite easy to bend and fold it into something fairly sturdy, lightweight, and simple to manufacture. But sheet metal is not just simple sheet metal. Like traditional woodworking, there are many different sheet metals available for crafting intricate items. For instance, sheet metal can be shaped into many different shapes, such as into a baseball, or a quarter, or even a small door.

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Before you get started designing your item, figure out which shape sheet metal will be best suited to produce. For example, if you want a door, you need to know the diameter of the holes that will allow the door to be opened, the most common size for these holes is the standard 6-inch diameter. Most doors have two holes, but some doors have only one. Calculate the least common diameter first, then multiply this by the number of doorways you need, this way you’ll have an accurate round number. Next determine the center point of the object you’re going to cut, the most common center point is the round hole mark on the piece of material used for cutting, make sure you measure both the width and the height of this point before proceeding any further.

Once you’ve got the basic sheet metal design down pat, you’ll find it much easier to proceed with your project. If you’re not sure about any of the shapes, sizes, or geometric properties of your objects, simply follow the instructions provided with your equipment, they’ll help you to get started and keep you on track. The tools required for designing are basic but can be very helpful. A circular saw, a jigsaw, a planer, framing square, measuring tape, pliers, a hammer, cable cutters, a drill, hand drill, stainless steel staples, a finishing nail, a pencil, a large piece of card board, and a template to work from are just a few of the tools you’ll need.

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